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Catch Up on the Public Talk ‘Global Warming and the Mass Bleaching of Corals’

Listen to a panel of experts discussing the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

On the back of global media coverage of his latest research, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Professor Terry Hughes, joined Sydney Environment Institute to discuss the future of the Great Barrier Reef in the face of climate-induced coral bleaching.

Terry was accompanied by a panel of experts at the Sydney Ideas talk, which took place on Friday 31 March. The panel included David Ritter, Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Professor Maria Byrne, Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Sydney and SEI’s own Iain McCalman, Research Professor of History at the University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute.

While Terry’s research is alarming and somewhat distressing, the panelists were able to address both the severity of the situation at the reef, as well as the type of action that needs to occur to save it. Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Annamarie Jagose summed up the panel’s contribution, describing it as a “blend of scientific expertise, passionate advocacy and calls to activism”, which gives us a reason to remain hopeful.

Click below to listen to the podcast.